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Our Team

Amy Garcia, DNP, RN, CENP

Amy Garcia serves as clinical associate professor and director of the Office of Practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Her research interests include nursing value and variability in patient acuity. Recently, she served as director and chief nursing officer for Cerner Corporation. Dr. Garcia specialized in hospital operations, scheduling, staffing, patient acuity and hospital throughput.

Previously, Dr. Garcia served as the chief nursing officer/chief programs officer for the American Nurses Association. She served as a key member of the executive team and was responsible for all public-facing programs, including policy, advocacy, ethics, work environment and quality care, including the NDNQI. She worked closely with specialty nursing organizations to help advance issues across associations, government and non-governmental organizations. Dr. Garcia served as the technical writer for the ANA’s “Safe Patient Handling and Mobility: Interprofessional National Standards Across the Care Continuum.”

Dr. Garcia also served as the chief executive officer of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). Her work at NASN included policy, advocacy, programs and research support for children’s health and the profession of nursing. Dr. Garcia also has experience with benefit programs, serving as the president of the USD 259 (Wichita Public Schools) health and benefit programs for several years.

Dr. Garcia has experience in hospital administration, risk management, small business ownership, legislative affairs and direct patient care. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice.

Nelda Godfrey, Ph.D., RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN

Nelda Godfrey is the associate dean for innovative partnerships and practice at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. She actively encourages innovative thought among faculty and students and provides learner opportunities to influence nursing education and practice. A scholar in the area of professional identity in nursing, Dr. Godfrey serves as chair of the International Society for Professional Identity in Nursing and has influenced substantive changes in the AACN Essentials documents regarding professional identity in nursing. Widely published in innovation and leadership, Dr. Godfrey actively supports and encourages undergraduate and graduate students in their professional nursing pursuits.

Christina J. Phillips, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Chris Phillips is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. Her teaching is focused in undergraduate curriculum, teaching in the areas of communication, informatics, advanced health concepts, leadership and pharmacology in the classroom. Dr. Phillips has also taught in four of five of the undergraduate clinical experiences, including hospital and community-based settings. In addition to teaching in the classroom and clinical areas, Dr. Phillips is a board-certified family nurse practitioner with focus on the care of underserved populations in primary care.

Lindsey L. Carlson MSN, RN

 Lindsey Carlson is a clinical instructor at the University of Kansas School of Nursing. With over 20 years of experience in nursing education, her teaching emphasis is in undergraduate curriculum. Lindsey has taught a wide variety of undergraduate courses and clinical in content areas including Foundations of Nursing, Nursing Leadership, and preparation for the NCLEX-RN licensure examination. 

Lauren Roberts

Lauren Roberts coordinates business operations for Advanced Learning Perspectives and provides day-to-day support for the staff and faculty of Innovative Partnerships & Practice. She has more than 10 years of experience in higher education, including project management, marketing and public relations, social media management and event planning. She is also an accomplished writer with an extensive list of publications and awards.

KU School of Nursing

University of Kansas Medical Center
Innovative Partnerships and Practice
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mail Stop 2029
Kansas City, KS 66160